Making the World of Warcraft more trivial, one post at a time…

Thanks to my long-serving iMac G4 finally giving up the ghost a few weeks ago, my WoW experience has been enhanced of late by the power of an Intel-based iMac. The big white beast has enough poke lurking behind the 24" screen than I can run WoW on close to the highest settings and still get excellent framerates.

And the result is often a remarkably different game. Doing the Mana Cell dailies used to send me into a darker version of the Death effect. With a decent graphics card, I can finally see it as Blizz intended:

Phased from Leafshine on Vimeo.

The whole "shifting screen" effect really created a feeling of slight unreality, like you really were phased into another plane of existence. And I’d never seen it before.

It was a clever move to keep the requirements for the game low, but I hadn’t appreciated just how much I’d been missing out on…

  • Makes a huge difference doesn’t it? I’m upgrading to 4gb of ram this week instead of just 1… I’m hoping that means no more lag (or at least much less) in shat. Fingers crossed!

  • If you want to be even more tweaked out and get best frame rates, install Windows with bootcamp. For some reason, it benchmarks better than OSX systems on it.

    But then you would have to deal with warden. c.c

    Either way, grats on the new rig!

  • @Softi The RAM should make a huge difference. I’m playing with 2Gb and I’m getting minimal lag in Shatt. I’m gonna upgrade soon, too.

    @Aylii I will go Boot Camp at some point – I have a very good friend who works in game development who is always encouraging me to do so, so I can play some of the stuff he’s investigating.

  • It’s all wibbly-wobbly!

    Now I never knew that… Makes me realise quite how low powered the Macbook I regularly play on is…

  • Yeah – I was playing on a MacBook most of the time. The iMac is a big leap up.

  • WoW really is a remarkably pretty game once you have all the settings cranked up.